Category Archives: Trees

Fun with Fungi

Until now, I never realized how challenging it is to identify wild mushrooms. The growing conditions must have been perfect for them this fall because they were popping up everywhere. I starting snapping photos of some of the more interesting … Continue reading

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Let There Be Light!

The Emerald Ash Borer has been identified in our county, so over the next decade we may lose thousands of trees to this damaging beetle. Rather than waiting for the destruction, our city is removing many ash trees as a … Continue reading

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How Dry I Am

It’s going to be interesting to see what kind of fall color we get this year. We’re still in a severe drought, and most of the trees are extremely stressed. Many of them are already skipping the colorful stage and … Continue reading

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An Avalanche of Acorns

I’ve been up to my eyebrows in acorns for over a month now. They smack the roof throughout the day and wake me with a start at night. Some of them bounce and others roll. It sounds like our roof … Continue reading

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Ick

As you can see, even the tiny first instar gypsy moth larvae are destructive. My neighbor warned me 2 weeks ago that they’d hatched. I looked up into the white oak tree that straddles our property line yesterday and sure … Continue reading

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A Stroll Through the Arboretum

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Craning for Crabapple Blossoms

Birdwatchers and photographers sometimes get “warbler neck”—pain or stiffness in the neck from gazing into the treetops for extended periods of time. I would like to add “crabapple neck” to the list of maladies. I love to duck under the … Continue reading

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Reflections in the Birdbath

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I Didn’t Hear Anything…

Picture, if you will, sitting in your house while someone hovers over it in a construction crane.  At random intervals—day or night—they hurl marbles onto your roof that bang and pop and roll down the shingles and bounce onto the … Continue reading

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Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves

About ten days ago I saw a caterpillar hanging from a silky string in the beautiful Bur Oak tree in our front yard. I got an uneasy feeling and grabbed the string and flung the caterpillar onto the trunk of … Continue reading

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